- eldorado by bénédicte mottart/compagnie3637
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At the gates of Europe a battle is raging without a winner. Human beings, reduced to animal conditions, desperately seek a path toward a better future. Right in this urgent and exhausted climate of the border, those who dream of golden opportunity take a leap only to see their lives come to a clash. Through the bodies of five dancers, Eldorado unwaveringly examines the reality of immigration. Bénédicte Mottart is a young choreographer brimming with determination who questions the legitimacy of Europe's customs policies at the very site where the inhumanity of it all takes on absurd proportions: at the border. With her own sensitive and brutal style, she addresses the emotion and experience of the problem, bringing these bodies in direct confrontation with this social topic.
"We talk not to demand a statute, but for the possibility to change our fate"
This investigation of human conditions at the gates of Europe became an obsession for Bénédicte Mottart after she read the eponymous novel by Laurent Gaudé. His work describes a fundamental human need to start anew, to set off, which touched and inspired her.
In October 2012, she accompanied the Belgian delegation to the Social Forum for migrants in Oujda, Morrocco. Bénédicte found herself in the field, facing many barriers. The tension there was indescribable. She came face to face with migrants, and their poignant accounts translated the horror and brutality of their situation. The injustice was so overwhelming she could scream, and she returned with the conviction of bringing this topic to the stage.
Eldorado is an emotional struggle, a visceral journey into the heart of the human behind each migrant.
"I use the body to translate the life bursting within every human being when fundamental needs are at stake. It's not driven by arguments but by an innate urge. The project is not political anger. It's the rage found in life."
"What strikes me is less the speech --from theory to philosophy-- as the actual, lived experience. The moment of transition. The mass of iron that stands between men. That after so many evolutions, so many civilizations, we still haven't found a way to completely, not just partially, respect other human beings no matter what their origins, cultures, dreams..."
The border is a physical attack on our freedom of movement. In Eldorado, a rope net materializes this in space. It represents a barrier and occupies the entire area of the stage, creating a site of confrontation for the dancers who are on a danced journey of constant tension.
"There's something violent and demanding in this work. We're in a dead zone, at the doorstep of a country in a climate where every air particle is electric, where time seems to move both faster and slower. All our senses are alert. This is where the performance takes place."
It seems barbaric, intolerable, to just close your eyes to these borders. The five dancers demonstrate the conditions to which human beings are forced to submit: a regression to bestiality , cruelity, absurdity... They push us to question ourselves, we Europeans. This rash solution, this way of functioning where humans become animals in the face of danger, is there any way to validate it?
"We're searching for a natural quality in the movement, ranging from animal to human, concrete and powerful. Bodies are frightened flesh, souls delivered to their survival instinct, wild animals ready to attack with the strength, agility and ferocity of a heightened state of awareness. There is no logic in this moment. There's only survival instinct. I'm looking for that. Where thinking disappears, a conditioned state that just makes you have to run. A desperate energy."
A portfolio of interviews with the choreographer and dramaturgical notes is available upon request.
- Concept and choreography : Bénédicte Mottart
- Artistic assistant : Coralie Vanderlinden
- With : Francesco Barba Mercedes Dassy Florencia Demestri Peter De Vuyst and Bara Sigfusdottir
- Music : Martin Mahaux
- Lights : Damien Zuidhoek
- Technical director : Benoit Ausloos
- Costumes : Isabelle Lhoas
- Artistic collaborator : Baptiste Isaia
- Photos : Bénédicte Mottart
- Production Compagnie3637
- Co-production le Manège.Mons, Jardin d’Europe via Ultima Vez & workspacebrussels
- With the support of the Ministery of the Wallonie-Bruxelles Federation – Service de la Danse, the Flemish authorities, CCR Liège and the Culture Programme of the European Union (PRIX JARDIN d'EUROPE)
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